Local Events

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NC Arboretum Adult Education Classes
NC Arboretum Calendar of Events


bullingtonBullington Gardens Events & Workshops
95 Upper Red Oak Trail, Hendersonville NC 28792
Call (828) 698-6104 for reservations


The Botanical Gardens at Asheville

The Botanical Gardens at Asheville offers many helpful and informative classes designed to deepen your relationship to the region’s flora and fauna and to help you successfully landscape with natives. We enjoy relationships with many of the region’s naturalist experts. Thanks to their generosity, we can offer our community an in-depth and affordable look at one of the world’s most unique and diverse native habitats.

DuPont State Forest Non-Native Invasive Plant Inventory Workdays:

MountainTrue is the leader in developing and implementing programs that combat invasive plants and insects in the mountain counties of North Carolina. Introduced accidentally and intentionally, these invasive species escaped from developed communities and have made their way into wilderness areas. Without the predators and competitors that native plants and insects have evolved with, invasives are able to flourish, usually at the expense of our native plant communities.

At DuPont State Forest, we will be conducting a non-native invasive plant inventory, including GPS mapping identifying species and population density. We need the help of local volunteers to get this inventory done, and our Forestkeeper, Laura McPherson, will teach volunteers identification and inventory skills along the way! This will allow us to create maps for DuPont that show areas along the trails that need invasive species control.

Below are the dates for workdays. All fieldwork will be scheduled for 10AM-2PM:

Tuesday, June 27

Thursday, July 6
Wednesday, July 12
Tuesday, July 18

If you would like to participate, please email Laura McPherson at forestkeeper@mountaintrue.org to let her know what date(s) you’d like to attend! Once you sign up you will receive location and logistic details shortly thereafter.


Walks and Talks Along The Greenway 

During the warmer months, the Friends of the Oklawaha Greenway will host “Oklawaha Greenway Walks and Talks,” a series of educational outings.  The programs are open to the public at no charge. Meet at Patton Park in the circular pavilion near the basketball courts. The walks will be about 90 minutes, returning to Patton Park. For more information about “Walks and Talks Along the Greenway” contact Jack Robinson, Friends of Oklawaha Greenway, at 828-335-2479 or jackrobinsonmerida@gmail.com.

North Carolina Native Plant Society – Western Chapter Hikes

Contact Tracie Jeffries for more details at botanynerd89@gmail.com

Pink Beds Loop Trail, Brevard N.C

This is a 5.5 mile loop rated moderate with some uphill in areas. We will meet in the parking area at 9:00. Depending on the predicted heat and humidity we can opt for the full loop or half a loop. There will be plenty of flowers but this loop is also known for spectacular fern displays. Please wear sturdy shoes, bring raingear, plenty of water, and snacks.

Directions: We will meet at 9:00 in the parking lot of the Brevard BI-LO (Pisgah National Forest, 41 Forest Gate Dr, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768). Look for my brown Subaru and a NCNP sign. We will car pool from there.

AUG 18
Rattlesnake Lodge, Blue Ridge Parkway
Fri 9 AM

SEP 16
Laurel River Trail, Hot Springs Area
Fri 9 AM

Discover Natural Transylvania

Discover Natural Transylvania is a monthly program series at the Transylvania County Library exploring the place where we live, work, and play. Presenters include experts in the fields of ecology, biology, geology, flora, fauna, outdoor recreation, and more. The programs are on the first Thursday evening of most months at 6:30 pm in the Rogow Room. Each program lasts approximately one hour. Light refreshments are provided. These free programs are supported by the Friends of the Library. June-September programs are listed below. There will not be an October program because of Book Sale set-up.
Thursday, July 6—6:30 pm “The Life of the Davidson River” by Patrick Weaver, Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education
Thursday, August 3—6:30 pm “The Geology of Transylvania County and Vicinity: Mountains, Faults, Waterfalls, Landslides and More” by Rick Wooten, Senior Geologists, NC Department of Environmental Quality
Thursday, September 7—6:30 pm “Protecting Your Home from Wildfires” by Transylvania Ranger, Buster Rogers

Bag Lunch Arts
Our monthly Bag Lunch Arts Series spotlights authors, artists, performers, and speakers sharing their talent and knowledge. Held on the third Tuesday of most months at 12 noon in the Rogow Family Community Room. Patrons are encouraged to bring along a bag lunch to enjoy before the program. Cookies and coffee are courtesy of the Friends of the Library. Programs last approximately one hour.

Wildflower Walks in Black Mountain

Coordinator: Jim Poling (jnpoling@icloud.com)
Leaders: Anyone who loves Wildflowers
Most of our walks are local—Montreat, BMT Recreation Park, Warren Wilson College. We will take one or two trips to the Parkway. Meet at Lake Tomahawk Parking Lot on Rhododendron Ave. Black Mountain, NC. We will carpool to another location where there are wildflowers!

Thursday, July 13, 2017 – 9:00–11:-00am
Thursday, Aug 10, 2017 – 9:00–11:00am
Thursday, Sep 14, 2017 – 9:00–11:00am

Southern Highlands Reserve

Our seasonal Native Plant Sale is coming up just around the corner! Join us on Friday, August 25th and bring home a few of the native plants featured in the gardens of Southern Highlands Reserve. The sale will be open at the Reserve from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Friday, August 25th.

We will have many of the azaleas and other shrubs you have seen at the Reserve available for sale in either 1-gallon or 4-inch containers. Each plant has been grown with care from hand-collected seed.

We accept credit cards and checks made payable to the Southern Highlands Reserve for your purchase.

Visitor’s Days are held the first Tuesday of each month, April – October. Visitor Days provide the perfect outing for backyard gardeners, plant enthusiasts or professionals in the fields of horticulture, design and ecology. Visitor’s Days are best suited for first-time guests to SHR and are led by a Garden Tour Docent.

Tours begin promptly at 10:00 am and will last 2 to 2.5 hours. Please arrive at 9:30 – 9:45 for check in. Directions provided will give you an idea of approximate drive time. Roads to the gardens are curvy; plan according to your riders’ comfort level.

Visit http://www.southernhighlandsreserve.org/events to make your reservations using our new online reservation system. Advance registration is required for all tours and events at the Reserve. We require names and email addresses of each member of your party at the time of registration. Please have them ready when you make your reservations.

2017 Cullowhee Native Plant Conferencecullowhee
July 19 – 22, 2017


Submit events for inclusion to wcbotanicalclub@gmail.com